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Roaming Around The Islands Of The UK

Cruising around the British Isles is an idyllic way to sample the diversity of our coast line. Hop onboard as we explore the remote lands, islands, creeks and little visited places, that will make this an unforgettable journey.

  • England

    Scotland

  • 11 nights
  • All breakfast, lunches and dinners.
  • Sep

Moderate

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Tour codes: 87510

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Grade 4

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Northern Ireland's ancient Giant's Causeway from Belfast
  • Lerwick's stunning coastal scenery.
  • Walk the little known island of St Marys in the Scilly Isles with a local guide.
  • Walk the beautiful coast line around Fermain Bay outside St Peters Port, Guernsey.
  • Enjoy the countryside on the Isle of Lewis from Stornoway.
  • Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands leads you to Scara Brae
  • Enjoy Dunrobin Castle at the end of our walk from Invergordon.
  • Relax onboard during our days at sea, enjoy a beverage at the bar, maybe take a swim in the pool or perhaps treat yourself to a relaxing sauna.
  • Experience delicious food, superior customer service and fine comfort on board a Fred. Olsen ship.

From the Orkney Islands to the Shetland Islands, from Stornoway, to the Isles of Scilly. On this cruise we’re never far from a superb coastline which offers exceptional walking close to sandy beaches, steep cliffs and hilly terrain. Cruising around the coast is the ideal way to experience this diversity as we explore the otherwise remote parts, islands, creeks and little visited places which make our islands amongst the most varied in the world.

We are never far from the coast, yet few are familiar with more than summer holiday beaches. Roam around the British Isles with us and the differences becomes apparent. These remote outposts are both beautiful and often not straightforward to reach – a cruise makes their wild charms easily accessible. We start with a bustling eight days of stops from St Peters Port, Guernsey to Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. Along the way we call into St Marys on the Isles of Scilly, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Stornoway on Lewis and Lerwick on the Shetland Isles. After Kirkwall we head to Invergordon in Scotland, where our final stop take us to the iconic Dunrobin Castle.

The BBC series ‘Coast ‘has undoubtedly opened our eyes to the wonders of our own coastline, which now you can explore with ease. Our walking will take you off the typical cruise excursion track and onto the paths you want to be walking to truly get to know these fantastic destinations.


  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on board on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • All ship and excursion tips
  • Picnic lunches on shore excursion days
  • Afternoon Tea during one of our At Sea days
  • Entrance to Dunrobin Castle
  • Local Guide at Lerwick, Shetland Islands
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. Fred Olsen offers various packages for wifi access onboard. Please refer to their website at https://www.fredolsencruises.com/faqs/on-board/is-there-wifi-on-board for full information
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore
  • Optional 'Edinburgh Ghost Tour' selected at the time of booking.

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Board your ship at the Southampton port and set sail in the early evening. Check in for your cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation and embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing. At Southampton you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. 

There will be a letter from your Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays’ leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group that evening.

Day 2

St Peter Port, Guernsey

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

The town of St Peter Port has a captivating mixture of styles - Georgian, Regency and Parisian - with terraced streets and tiered gardens. We’ll take a walk south along the coast to Fermain Bay, then return to allow time in the town where you can stroll around the narrow lanes or visit Castle Cornet.    

Day 3

St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A little more than 6 square miles, the Isle of St Mary's is the largest of the Scilly Islands. With less than 1,800 inhabitants you can expect quiet walking as we take a stroll with your leader through Hugh Town and head to Peninnis Point with its lighthouse. Whilst heading back to the ship we walk through the islands nature reserve.

Day 4

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Take time to relax and recharge the batteries making the most of the on board entertainment, eating at the ship's restaurants, perhaps reading in your cabin or strolling the deck.

Day 5

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Meals

Breafast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

On arrival in Belfast keep an eye out for the colourful murals that each tell a story about Northern Irelands complicated political past as we drive to the north Antrim Coast for our walk along the cliff path to the amazing basalt rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. Some say in legend that the giansts causeway was built by the Irish Giant Fionn as part of a causeway to fight the Scottish Giant Benandonner whereas others say it is caused by volcanic fissure eruptions. Which will you think is true?

Day 6

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Kick back and relax out on deck watching the world pass by with a cool drink or spend our time taking part in the numerous activities on board whilst heading for our home port. Which ever you choose your ship and crew will make sure you have the most enjoyable time.

Our cruising highlights for the day are Finigal's Cave and Dutchman's Cap.


Day 7

Stornoway, Lewis

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Arriving at Stornoway we travel by coach to Breascleit. We then begin the Great Circular Walk which offers spectacular views over Loch Roag and the islands to the west. Our route takes us through the beautiful valley to the deserted village of Bostadh. Our path then follows the rocky shoreline over the moorland and along the banks of the Loch na Muilne until we finally reach Breascleit. From here we travel by coach back to our awaiting ship.  

Day 8

Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

Today we come ashore in Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly outpost of the British Isles. After meeting our local guide we have a forty-five minute drive to St Ninian’s Isle on the South Mainland of Shetland. The island is joined to the ‘mainland’ by a sand causeway ‘tombolo’ and is famous for the St Ninian’s Isle Treasure, a hoard of silver discovered under the floor of an early church in 1958.  The island boasts marvelous coastal scenery and lots of birds.  Our guide takes us around the St Ninian’s Isle telling lots of old stories about shipwrecks and smugglers.

After the walk there should be time to explore Lerwick.

Day 9

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100m

130 miles north of Aberdeen in the Orkney Islands sits Kirkwall, rich in folklore. From the ship we take a coach across the island of Mainland to the Kitchener Memorial, dedicated to Lord Kitchener and the crew of the HMS Hampshire which tragically sank nearby. We walk across moorland and along cliffs to Scara Brae prehistoric village, on arrival there should be time for a visit before returning to the ship.

Occasional changes to the ship’s schedule mean we cannot guarantee there will be time to visit Scara Brae, so we do not include the entrance ticket (approx £9pp) in the price of the cruise

Day 10

Invergordan

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    90m

Nestled in the highlands sits the coastal town of Invergordon. From here we take a private coach to Golspie for a splendid coastal walk leading to dramatic views of Dunrobin Castle passing by to Craig Leith an ironage broch before returning back to Dunrobin Castle. Upon reaching Dunrobin Castle we will take time to wande the castle, its museum and gardens. Hopefully our visit will time in well with their falconry display before we head back to the ship.

Day 11

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Enjoy one last day of relaxation being taken care of by your crew as we head back to port.

Day 12

Farewell!

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive back at your embarkation port around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Sep 2023 - 18th Sep 2023 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

Getting to your departure port

For all information on how to get to your cruise departure by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Bolette (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Our flagship Bolette is everything that Fred.Olsen regular guests have come to expect from their ships. Proudly bearing the name of Fred. Olsen Jr.’s great-great-grandmother, as many other Olsen vessels have over the years, she exudes classic, elegant style in her exterior and interior design, features spacious and comfortable public areas, and has all the facilities and special touches you need for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

While she’s one of the largest ships, by overall size, in our fleet, Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So, in keeping with our smaller-ship ethos, you’ll find that you’re not overcrowded on board, and have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the several bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with our friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too. You can find a deck plan of the ship here

On Board

As a family-owned business, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines really pay attention to the smallest detail ensuring a wonderful voyage every time.

Passengers are referred to as guests, the ships call at smaller ports so they can often get closer and avoid overcrowding both onboard and ashore. At capacity, their ships will only ever sail with between 900 and 1,400 guests, depending on the vessel.

The ships becomes your floating hotels, with breakfasts, lunches and dinners catered for. Each ship is different with their own decorative flair, but with the same Fred Olsen level of service throughout.

Onboard you will not find the climbing walls, waterslides and games arcades found on some of the bigger vessels. Instead Fred Olsen focuses on more traditional entertainment in the form of evening shows, deck quoits, quiet bars, delightful restaurants, a library and in some cases, a cards room. You will also find a gym/fitness centre, swimming pool(s), and hairdresser. The ships offer plenty of space to just sit, relax, read a book and watch the coastlines and open waters drift by.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Tipping to our local suppliers including hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers is included in your holiday price. If, however, you would like to make an additional contribution for a particular service, this is entirely at your own discretion, and any donation should be given directly to the recipient.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Coronavirus Travel Advice

You may be required to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated when travelling or in your destination. Proof of vaccination can either be digital via the NHS app or a printed copy via NHS Hard Copy. We recommend allowing seven working days for your printed copy to arrive. Please note both the NHS app and printed copy are only valid for 30 days.

We anticipate that all travellers will need to be fully vaccinated including the booster jab and to carry proof of this with them at all times. Some indoor venues require, and may ask for proof of vaccination, as well as masks becoming mandatory for indoor public spaces, and we ask you to be prepared for this.

Local Guidance & Travel Restrictions

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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